The Maple Trail – ‘New York’
I’m pretty excited to blog about The Maple Trail, the solo guise for Aidan Roberts, the Blue Mountains songsmith who’s more known for his work up the front of psych-indie troupe Belles Will Ring. Roberts has just released his debut record entitled Dirty Echo Spark, a beautifully well-worn piece of music that evokes images of 1960s Americana and pastoral folk in the vein of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young while simultaneously tipping its hat to recent players Grizzly Bear and Broken Social Scene.
‘New York’ is engaging without being overly complicated. It’s a simple, cyclical tune built around the mantra “here comes the winter pretty baby, let’s go to New York.” Which is kinda where I’d like to be, too. Dirty Echo Spark is replete with myriad instruments which create a luscious garden of textured, melodic music that you could easily wander through all day. A real gem of an album.